SDCC '08 - Cup 'O Joe [Quesada] Panel

It’s like one of the laws of nature - if Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada is at a convention, there will be a Cup O’ Joe panel. Such is the case midday Friday at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

"I know you couldn't get into 'Watchmen,'" joked Quesada, speaking of the panel dedicated to the 2009 "Watchmen" film going on at the same time at the convention center's massive Hall H.

Quesada was joined by C.B. Cebulski, "Ultimate Iron Man" and "Ender's Game" writer Orson Scott Card, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" writer Eric Shanower, "Black Panther" writer Reggie Hudlin, newly exclusive artist Danny Miki, writer Jeph Loeb and Marvel marketing's Jim McCann.

Quesada announced two more Marvel exclusive creators - Khoi Pham and Paolo Rivera.

Quesada pointed out that next year will be the 70th anniversary of Marvel Comics, and says it's been a "hell of a ride," and joked that even though he's only been there for eight, it feels like 70 to him.

He then showed a slide promoting "Inkwell," the Comics Community Auction, which will be raising money in tribute to Michael Turner. The money will go to two of the late artist's favorite charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Loeb added that there will be a tribute to Michael Turner at 1 p.m. on Sunday at room 5AB.

As is customary on Cup O' Joe panels (and all panels, really), Quesada then asked for questions from the audience.

The first question asked concerned the "Incredible Hulk" film, with Quesada saying that he wish the fan was at the previous "Marvel: Your Universe" panel when Kevin Feige from Marvel Studios was there, and that he didn't want to speak for him. Loeb and Quesada did take the opportunity to plug the current Hulk comic, though.

A fan asked if Marvel's partnership with Stephen King will continue - Quesada said yes , and used the opportunity to turn to the popular novelist that was actually on the panel, Orson Scott Card. The writer discussed his thrill of seeing "Ender's Game" come to life with Marvel's upcoming adaptation by Chris Yost and Pasqual Ferry. Card said he didn't want any narrations in the comic, only "scenes," so it's more visual and more of a contrast than the novel.

Deadpool - or, more likely, a fan in a costume - asked about the possibility of a "Deadpool" movie and what the character will be doing in "Secret Invasion". "Based on your build, a movie's not looking good," joked Quesada.

He then said the fan should read the books to find out what role Deadpool will play.

An evident Dr. Doom superfan asked if Dr. Doom could appear in any upcoming movies - strangely similar to a question asked at the "Marvel: Your Universe" panel. Quesada said he didn't know the details of the rights of the character, which are with 20th Century Fox, nor would he discuss them in such a forum if he did know.

Loeb added that the character will be in "Ultimatum", and McCann pointed that Doom is currently in Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's "Fantastic Four".

Loeb was asked about his upcoming plans for Hulk. He said a lot of people will be talking about Hulk's fight with Thor in #5, and after that there will be a rematch between green and red Hulk that will "surprise some people."

"Both characters will exist for some time," said Loeb of the red and green Hulks. "There are no plans for either to go away."

Loeb also said that there will be "Li'l Hulk" one page back-ups in the comic, written by his 17-year-old daughter.

Plans for an 'Ultimate Daredevil' series? No plans, said Quesada. "We often said we wouldn't do that," said the editor-in-chief.

Teasing towards "Ultimatum", Loeb said "I'm not sure we're going to be able to do an Ultimate Daredevil series."

A fan asked about the "magical" side of the Marvel Universe, and Quesada said he'd like to do something like what "Annihilation" did for the cosmic characters. "I'd like to do something along those lines," said Quesada, "but we're not there yet."

A fan asked about a possible increase in price of Marvel titles. "I don't make those kind of decisions on price," said Quesada. "Liked any company, we want to hold the line as long as we can. But it's always a concern. We're always looking at, what is the threshold here, and how long can we hold?"

The fan that asked the question on price was wearing a Black Panther shirt, which led to Hudlin introducing a clip of a BET production (Hudlin is President of Entertainment for BET) with Hudlin and comic book artist/senior VP of Animation for BET Denys Cowan talking about the character of Black Panther.

This led to a clip of a "motion comics" type adaptation of a scene from Hudlin and John Romita Jr.'s "Black Panther" run. The clip ended, and Hudlin said the show will be coming in February. "As you can see from the clip, we were completely faithful to the art of the great John Romita, Jr."

"It's going to be a prime time show," said Hudlin. "A tad violent, a tad edgy. We're going to have a lot of fun."

More stuff from the cosmic characters? McCann said to come to the "Secret Invasion" panel Saturday.

Why did they bring back Illyana Rasputin? Cebulski said that essentially she was brought back because a lot of people liked the character, and the upcoming "X-Infernus" will revolve around her.

Shanower talked about his "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" adaptation (8 issues, starting in December), specifically praising Skottie Young's artwork. "His art is not derivative of anything we've seen with the Wizard of Oz before," Shanower said.

He said at first he was concerned because he has a specific image in his mind of what Oz should look like, but such fears have been supplanted by his enthusiasm for Young's art.

Card was asked about the differences between writing for comic books and novels. Card equated it to his background as a playwright, since motivations are revealed through dialogue and not narration. He also praised comic book artists, saying that the top ones are even better than the best actors at conveying emotion. "All of my ineptitude is completely covered by really good work from the artists," he said.

The self-proclaimed "world's biggest Speedball fan" asked about Quesada's previous promise to bring back Speedball, wanting to know it wouldn't be in the "Marvel Apes" universe. Quesada said it'll be in Marvel Universe proper.

Any chance of a trade for Bob Gale's "Daredevil" issues, given his current work on "Amazing Spider-Man"? No plans yet, but maybe.

More "Genext"? A sequel has been approved.

Any chance of Peter Parker and Mary Jane getting back together? Answer - Dating, maybe, married, probably not.

More "politically-inspired" comics? They don't aim to make comics to specifically be political, but often that arises organically.

The last question came from a female in a Dazzler outfit - which thrilled Dazzler Fan #1 Jim McCann. She asked about plans for Dazzler, with McCann saying that she just died in the Ultimate universe, but was in "Uncanny X-Men #500" and will continue to be in that title.

With that, Quesada thanked fans for coming and the panel wrapped.

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